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A crime-victims advocate told an Illinois House committee Tuesday that a powerful state senator sexually harassed her last year as they were working together on legislation, causing her so much mental anguish that she dropped 20 pounds and lost her hair.

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Two cases of Legionnaires' disease have been reported at a western Illinois veterans' home more than two years after an outbreak killed 12 people and sickened 54 at the facility.

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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she’s not running for re-election.

The surprise announcement comes midway through her fourth term.

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The first woman to serve as majority leader in the Illinois House of Representatives and a top lieutenant to House Speaker Mike Madigan says she won't seek re-election.  

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The Illinois Senate has approved a new system for funding schools that will reduce large disparities between wealthy and poor districts.

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The National Weather Service says the tornado that roared through Ottawa, Illinois, and the small village of Naplate packed winds up to 155 mph.

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Illinois lawmakers are preparing legislation to ensure that state employees continue receiving paychecks if a judge agrees with the attorney general's argument that their pay should be halted during the budget impasse.

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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is seeking to stop state worker pay until legislators and Gov. Bruce Rauner approve a spending plan.

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 Gov. Bruce Rauner will strike an optimistic tone in his State of the State address, while acknowledging Illinois faces ``significant challenges.''
 

A Springfield police officer shot and killed a 27-year-old man during an altercation.
 

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University of Illinois employees will receive a 2 percent raise in March after the school had to put pay increases on hold for the last two years.

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Illinois is starting a program to replace older license plates that officials say won't cost the budget-strapped state any additional money.

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced the new program on Tuesday. He says the program will start next year and will be paid for within the agency's current budget. Under the program the oldest license plates will be replaced first. \

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The Illinois Labor Relations Board has declared contract negotiations between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration and the state's largest public-employees union at an impasse.

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has released his 2015 tax

returns showing he earned nearly $200 million and paid about $50 million in federal and state income taxes.

The former venture capitalist also released details Friday about charitable contributions from his family's foundation that totaled more than $11.6 million last year.

Rauner's adjustable gross income in 2015 was $187.6 million. Almost $170 million came from investments. 

He paid $43.3 million in federal taxes and $6.9 million in state taxes.

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  Illinoisans who buy insurance on the health care law's marketplace face steep price increases for next year.   That's been predicted for some time. Now it's official. 

 Caterpillar says CEO Doug Oberhelman will retire from the company next year and will be replaced with Jim Umpleby, an executive who has  worked at the company for more than three decades. 

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North Dakota authorities are sending officers from across the state to the site of a protest in anticipation of a federal judge's ruling on a request by the Standing Rock Sioux to block construction of a four-state oil pipeline.

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The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled a voter referendum seeking to change the system Illinois uses to draw political boundaries is unconstitutional, meaning it can't appear on the November ballot.

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Decatur police say a black man shot by a white officer was armed with a BB gun that resembled a real firearm.

The Illinois State Board of Education says it will no longer administer the Partnership for the Achievement of Readiness for College and Careers standardized test to high school students.

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Exelon Corp. says it will move forward with plans to shut two Illinois nuclear plants after the Illinois Legislature didn't act on its request for financial support.  

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  Illinois lawmakers finished their spring session without a budget and with little hope that the Democrats' 11-month standoff with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner over a spending plan will end any time soon.

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Illinois lawmakers approved $700 million to partially finance various human service programs that haven't received funding since last summer because of the budget stalemate.

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A member of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration says the Republican governor will not endorse Donald Trump as the GOP standard-bearer in the November election.

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A $454 million bill to increase funding for financially struggling Illinois colleges and universities has cleared the state Senate. 

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A federal judge has sentenced Dennis Hastert to 15 months in prison in a hush-money case that centered on accusations that the former U.S. House speaker sexually abused at least four students when he was a high school wrestling coach.  

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Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert is stepping before a judge to learn his punishment in a hush-money case centered on sex-abuse allegations.

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Jacksonville High School sports teams will likely continue seeing red.

An advisory committee found little interest in changing the teams' "Crimsons" nickname.

But the (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports  the group suggests developing a standardized "J'' on jerseys and clothing.

Committee chairman Craig Albers says no one suggested dropping "Crimsons" but modifying it with "Knights" or other mascot-suitable character.

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Illinois lawmakers have approved a $600 million short-term funding infusion for higher education institutions that have been struggling financially due to not receiving state money during the state budget impasse. 

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A Chatham, Illinois man is jailed on $250,000 cash bond after being accused in Missouri of possessing components for possible pipe bombs.

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